Adolf Hitler committed some of the most horrifying atrocities in human history, but when this photographer stumbled upon his secret […]
Adolf Hitler committed some of the most horrifying atrocities in human history, but when this photographer stumbled upon his secret French bunker, he was brave enough to go inside anyway.
Urban explorer and photographer Marc Askat braved the hunting season to walk through the thick wooded countryside in northern France. He was searching for a new subject for photographs and stumbled upon what is believed to be one of Adolf Hitler’s last bunkers— a place where the Nazi leader plotted the invasion of Britain.
He heard that from the surface it looked like an abandoned site, but that this structure was just the tip of the iceberg. Dig a little deeper and an entire underground complex would be revealed.
He hiked through the forest for many hours, getting turned around more than once on his journey. Eventually, the massive concrete building he’d been told about appeared. It was clearly abandoned and had been that way for years. Marc couldn’t wait to explore the inside and see what he could uncover.
Marc knew that getting inside the building itself would be difficult, but after circling the structure a few times he found a small way inside. What he found there was completely stunning. It was a sprawling network of underground tunnels and rooms, impossible to imagine from the outside.
Hitler had this particular oversized bunker built so that he and his advisors could plan the invasion of Britain. Later in the war, it was from this bunker that Hitler planned to have the entire city of Paris burned to the ground if the Allies reached the city center. Neither of these plans would succeed.
More than 60 million people (civilians and soldiers alike) were killed during the bloody horrors of World War II. It all started when Germany surprised the world by attacking an unsuspecting Poland in 1939. The Nazi party under the leadership of Adolph Hitler had their minds bent on world domination.
While the Germans were not fighting alone (they had the support of Japan, Germany, and Italy) they were at the forefront of the war. Constructions like this bunker and all of the others exactly like it are proof of just how far they were willing to go to meet their nefarious ends.
It was Hitler who was the mastermind behind the construction of subterranean Nazi bunkers that would serve as strongholds in important areas during the war. The bunkers are less an example of Hitler’s military skills and more an example of his extremely paranoid nature.
Inside many of the creaky abandoned rooms and secret passageways within Hitler’s favorite bunker, Marc found tiny reminders of why this lair was constructed in the first place. Old canisters littered the floor, along with other debris. The pipes no longer work, but they still run throughout the lair.
Marc was happy to share photographs of everything he saw after breaking into the bunker, but there was one detail he didn’t share and it drove people crazy. Marc refused to reveal the exact location of the bunker. However, it turns out that he did this for a very good reason indeed!
The reason we have so much information about this site, including its name and its importance to Hitler, is because the site is now owned by the French Foreign Legion.The location is often used as a secret training area for new recruits, and revealing its location could put them all in danger. By going inside, Marc was accidentally trespassing.
Marc’s exploration of this chilling part of history is truly haunting. Hopefully, the photos he took will serve as a reminder to keep us from repeating the mistakes of history.